Events: Regional Leaders and Achievers Eyed for Australia Awards
Regional leaders are urged to apply for the Australia Awards for Development for
2013 available for Masters and PhD levels in Australia to contribute to the
accelerated and equitable growth of the various regions of the country. Deadline
for application is April 30, 2012.
Some 120 scholarship slots are available, half of which are allocated to
Australia’s key partner agencies delivering priority development initiatives,
with the remainder open to the public. Australia Awards for Development cover
travel, study and living expenses for study at Australia’s world-class
universities. Awardees will also join the Philippines Australia Alumni
Association upon their return.
Many of the Australia Awards scholars are from various regions of the country
who are now undertaking groundbreaking development projects, upgrading
educational curricula in universities, pursuing biosecurity and agricultural
productivity programs, initiating enterprise building projects for local
governments and a host of other outstanding development efforts. Highly
encouraged to apply are people with disabilities, women leaders, ethnic
communities, aspiring young leaders, members of the academe and other
development pacesetters. Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell
announced that “the Development Awards, through extensive scholarship programs,
aim to contribute to the long term development of the Philippines, and to
promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and the
Philippines,” Ambassador Tweddell said. “Through its aid program, the Australian
Government places a high premium on improving the human capital of the
Philippines by increasing access to quality education and training for people.”
Australia Awards for Development include the Australian Development Scholarships
and the Australian Leadership Awards administered by AusAID. These awards aim to
develop capacity and leadership skills so that individuals can contribute to
development in their home country. In the Philippines, the Australia Awards for
Development are part of the Australia-Philippines development cooperation
program and are targeted at priority development needs in the areas of basic
education, social protection and welfare, peace and development, public
financial management, disaster risk reduction and management, climate change
adaptation, organizational development, trade, foreign relations and pandemics.
Australian Development Scholarship applicants who demonstrate the most potential
to impact development in the Philippines will be considered for the additional
prestigious Australian Leadership Award. Past Australian Government scholars who
have made significant contributions in their respective fields include: former
Department of Education Undersecretary Fe Hidalgo, Mr. Rex Bernardo (2008
Apolinario Mabini Presidential Awardee, 2008 Ten Outstanding Young Men awardee
and 2011 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader) and Ms. Dodette Bernaldez
(2010 Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awardee).
“Awardees will experience and benefit from cutting-edge and high-quality
Australian universities are consistently ranked among the top educational institutions in the world for teaching and research, offering a complete range of programs and courses that lead to highly regarded and internationally-recognized qualifications. In 2011, eight Australian Universities were among the world’s top 100 Universities,” Ambassador Tweddle said.
As the deadline for application of April 30 is fast approaching, interested applicants are encouraged to take English proficiency tests immediately with TOEFL or IELTS as passing these tests is a prerequisite for the scholarship.
Further information on the Australia Awards is available at www.australiaawards.gov.au and www.pahrodf.org.ph.